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Words by Jamie Sorcher

4-23-2018 Mobile Electronics -- Getting dealers out of their shops and easing installers out of their old habits is the calling card of Mobile Solutions which offers support, motivation, and inspiration to all

Being on top of your game today, whether you’re a dealer, manufacturer, or installer, requires a readiness to accept the old, manage the present, and prepare for the future.

Many folks—and everyone is guilty of it at some point --get stuck in a rut and just rely on doing things the same old way they have always been done. But eventually people want to make a change—and that is how Bryan Schmitt, president and lead trainer of Tempe, Ariz.-based Mobile Solutions, makes his living. He gets individuals to leave their offices, shops, and install bays to figure out how to do things smarter.

Through his educational company Schmitt has created tools and training sessions—signature four-day boot camps—so that his students—who are technicians, fabricators, and retailers-- can leave with a level of professionalism and sense of pride they may not have had before.

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Company to showcase precision tools for panel building and functionality

TEMPE, ARIZ., October 29, 2021 (MEDIAWIRE)  – Mobile Solutions® will fulfill its 16th year of exhibiting and teaching at the 2021 SEMA show, scheduled for November 2-5, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. The company will present its products at Booth No. 12445 in the Mobile Electronics & Technology section of the North Hall. Bryan Schmitt, president and head instructor will be on hand to greet attendees and demonstrate the company’s products.

Among the products to be highlighted at the show, the Arc Guide Template system allows fabricators to add stylish touches to wood surfaces. The 11-piece kit comprises arcs with a radius of 20 to 36 inches alongside straight pieces of three lengths. Also featured is the new Magnet Fitment kit, which enables quick, easy and secure flush-mounting of magnets to secure speaker grilles or panels. The kit includes four sizes of Magnet Match™ countersink bits to create perfect, flat holes at the proper depth. Smart Mag Alignment Plates™ ensure each magnet is inserted with precision.

The new GT Template system adds another series of fabrication shaping guides to the Mobile Solutions ecosystem. Nine template pieces—including four pieces that can be used separately or as part of the largest template ring—give fabricators expanded creative flexibility when building pressed grilles or close-contact panels.

In addition to the booth presence, Mobile Solutions’ Bryan Schmitt will headline a seminar as part of the annual SEMA Education series. Titled, “Seamless Visual Integration of Modern Electronics into Vehicles,” the session will focus on upgrading classic and custom vehicles with the latest technology while retaining the vehicle’ original style and design flow. The session takes place in Room N257 at 1:00PM PT on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Gary Bell, accomplished vehicle designer and owner of Define Concepts in Orange, Calif., will moderate the seminar.

“In this uncertain climate, we recognize companies made the decision to attend or not attend SEMA based on factors that are unique and internal for each company,” said Schmitt. “We made the decision to continue our attendance at SEMA based on our own factors and look forward to seeing new and existing customers while participating in the safety measures implemented throughout the show.”

For more information on Mobile Solutions’ SEMA participation, please visit mwi.re/MS-SEMA. Find out more about Mobile Solutions at mobilesolutions-usa.com.

Mobile Solutions USA is an innovation-driven company creating tools and delivering training that enable custom automotive electronics, audio and interior installations progress with a level of efficiency not often achieved in the aftermarket automotive business. With the patented Smart Templates™ brand of design tools and many other innovations, Mobile Solutions USA serves the aftermarket automotive technician, fabricator and retail store community through direct sales and distributors around the globe. For more information, call (480) 968-2074 or visit mobilesolutions-usa.com.

11-29-2017, Mobile Electronics -- In response to its popularity earlier this year, Mobile Solutions and Orca Design and Manufacturing teamed up again September 9 through 11 to host a live build workshop for 25 installation techs from around the country. The training was sold out and featured 2017 Installer of the Year Chris Pate, past IOTYs Tom Miller and JT Torres, Top 12 Installer Sage Weir and Bryan Schmitt, owner of Mobile Solutions. The vehicle used was a 2017 Volvo V90 XC Cross Country, owned by Mobile Electronics Editor-in-Chief, Solomon Daniels.

"We basically had three different components to the class, which was blended in with our Master Tech class. We talk about OEM integration, signal and how to add audio to modern vehicles," Schmitt said. "We did a classroom theory, how to use test tools like the oscilloscope and RTA, then talked about it in a real world fashion. I thought it was great for guys to see live demonstrations on a real build while they were there. Trying to stick with the three-day time period was a challenge. We did a great job managing it."

The participants were thrown into the mix with no preparation after an initial sketch of the design was created by Tom Miller. Each person found something of interest to them and began working on that element. "The most difficult part was building something that someone else drew," Weir added. "It was my first time out there at Mobile Solutions. I didn't have any assigned tasks per se. I just started running wires into the doors, then showed interest in the sub enclosure."

When I fabricate and build stuff I basically freestyle. I've never really built anything from paper to reality. It was a rewarding challenge in the end."

All products used were provided by Focal and included Focal Kevlar K2 tweeter speakers, 6-inch mid bass and 3-inch mid range speakers in the doors, two amplifiers and a controller for the console. "The whole project was a real world install. It's something that we would actually do for one of our customers in any of our shops," Miller said. "The process that we used is called 'Design, Engineer, Fabricate.' It's a three step process. The idea there is that by breaking down the project to three separate steps it allows us to get a better result."

Miller, who served as design director for the project, likes to use the design language of the vehicle he's working on to give him ideas. In the case of Volvo, he is already familiar with the designer and previous work, which is Scandinavian in style and includes straight lines, with a clean, uncluttered look. "In this project, the areas where we had an influence were with the tweeters and subwoofer enclosure. With those, I'm trying to reflect the existing design language without doing anything too contrived where I'm just pulling a shape off of the car that's already there and just trying to emulate that," Miller added.

While it was a team effort, each portion of the build was managed by a different person. While Weir handled the sub enclosure, Miller worked on the A-pillars, Pate handled the wiring and amp mounting and Torres handled the controller. 

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Latest collaboration with Mobile Solutions to target advanced-level fabricators and technicians

CAMARILLO, CALIF., September 10, 2018 (MEDIAWIRE) –Orca Design and Manufacturing, in conjunction with installation training facility Mobile Solutions, will sponsor an advanced-level training in its final session of 2018, October 5-9. "Orca Elite" will welcome a select group of technicians from qualifying authorized Orca retailers who have attended at least one of the previous sessions. The purpose of Orca Elite is to provide an enhanced level of fabrication training intended for highly experienced fabricators.

Orca has held four sponsored sessions to date, all at the Mobile Solutions headquarters in Tempe, Ariz. Orca pays for class admission and accommodations for the duration, and supplies equipment and components used in the class vehicle project builds. Attendees leave with a completed class project showcasing their skill, as well as knowledge that leads to higher quality work and more efficient job performance.

In addition to Mobile Solutions President and Lead Fabricator Bryan Schmitt, class instructors for the Orca Elite session include four Installers of the Year: Tom Miller, Chris Pate, Matt Schaffer and Juan Torres. Joining them will be current and multi-time Top 12 Installer Sage Weir. Among other activities, the instructors will split attendees into two teams. Each will build a premium subwoofer enclosure to complement the tower speakers that were built during last year’s competition. The projects, as well as past project vehicles, will be shown at the upcoming KnowledgeFest show and education conference in Long Beach, Calif., February 23-25 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

"When we started the partnership with Mobile Solutions, our goal was to raise the skill level of our dealers so they could represent and install our products with confidence and creativity," said Nalaka Adikari, sales director for Orca. "So far we've had four sessions and we have already seen vast improvements in the work and self-esteem of the attendees, so we consider this collaboration a successful investment. In this final session of the year we will cater to those who have achieved a higher level of expertise and go beyond everything we've taught before."

Invitees will be notified individually. For more information, contact your authorized Orca sales representative.

Based in Southern California for more than 30 years, Orca is a multi-faceted supplier of premium audio brands and components. Orca is the sole U.S. importer and distributor for Focal mobile audio and Gladen-Mosconi. With in-house design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities, Orca also produces quality products including Blackhole damping materials, Raven pure ribbon tweeters for pro audio applications, and Illusion Audio reference car speakers and subwoofers. For more information, visit our website at orcadesign.com.

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